A man fires one shot into the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, MA
and the police response is way over the top.
The following local and state police agencies responded.
Each unit has to write a report to show what they might have contributed to the general mayhem.
I guess there could have been responses from the
The residents of the hotel were forced out (against their will) of their expensive rooms so that the police can be cautious. I think the police agencies should refund the guests.
Imagine the total cost of rousting so many police officers and hotel guests, creating a traffic issue on Route 9 in the early morning hours, closing down side busineses (like Dunkin Donuts), just because a single shot.
And you say crime doesn't pay? I roughly estimate this operation costs over $100,000 after you consider manpower and equipment, and all the reports to be filed and verified by numerous police agencies. To date, no one has been apprehended.
This is ridiculous overkill. If a real shooting occurred in one of our schools, there would be so many police officers there that they would be killing each other. Can you imagine ten agencies setting up a perimeter around the school?
|Update: Stunning video of shots fired at person at Crowne Plaza in Natick||March 26, 2019|
|Norman Miller 508-626-3823||Metrowest Daily News|
By WCVB Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at 6:31 AM Updated Mar 26, 2019 at 10:28 PM
NATICK - Police are still searching for a man who fired a shot at another man in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza hotel on Rte. 9 on Tuesday.
The apparent target of the attack, a man whom police have not identified, suffered a minor injury not believed to have been caused by gunfire, police said.
The victim told police he was walking in front of the hotel when a car approached him as he entered the hotel lobby, where at least one shot was fired, said Police Chief James Hicks. The man told police he did not recognize his attacker.
Police released security video Tuesday night showing the victim running into the Crowne Plaza, crashing into the door as he tries to enter. As he victim ran, a man with a handgun stuck his hands between the two sliding doors and fired a shot.
A SWAT team and officers from several area police departments swarmed the hotel at 1360 Worcester St., just before 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to state police.
An unknown number of suspects fled in an unknown direction in an unknown type of car, police said. Police have surveillance video from inside the hotel, Hicks said.
After the shooting, the Crowne Plaza was evacuated and searched out of an "abundance of caution," police said. Around 6:15 a.m., police reported that "the suspects are not in the hotel at this time."
Natick police were helped by police from Wayland, Ashland, Framingham and Wellesley, as well as the Northeast Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), the regional SWAT team, and the State Police Special Tactical Operation Team (STOP) team.
Police said they have not identified a suspect. Police said they do not believe the shooter is from the local area.
"The manner in which the victim and the assailant came to know each other and what precipitated the event are at task," police said in a statement posted on the Natick Police Department's Facebook page. "We do not believe this event poses any additional threat to our community."
State Police spokesman David Procopio said after the hotel was evacuated about 75 people took shelter in the Natick Mall across the street. Others took shelter in their cars.
"The officers were going to different groups of people to be sure they were staying calm, without saying too much. They said it would take a while because, out of responsibility in a situation when shots are fired, they have to make sure everyone is safe," hotel guest Angela Salas said.
Rte. 9 remained open during the incident and investigation.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the Natick Police Department's detective division at 508-647-9520. Anonymous reports can be made at http://www.natickma.gov/201/Online-Reporting.
Daily News staff writer Norman Miller contributed to this report. He can be reached at 508-626-3823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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